5 Natural Ways to Prevent The Flu

Having the flu is mostly associated with the discomfort of having a blocked nose and steamy eyes. But according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year’s flu season killed a staggering 80,000 Americans.

Even though the most widely recommended protection is flu vaccines, there are other preventative treatment steps for those who prefer more natural alternatives. Here are five of the top recommendations of Dr. Ellen Kamhi PhD., R.N., author of The Natural Medicine Chest and a medical school instructor.

Wash Your Hands

And do so frequently. Believe it or not, this is the number one way to protect yourself.

What might be an even bigger surprise is that antibacterial soaps are the least effective, while plain soap and water best prevent flu.

Salt Water

Not only is there a solution to the dreadful stuffy nose, but it also helps get rid of bacteria and viruses along with the nasal blockage.

All you need to do is mix ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon baking soda in eight ounces of warm water. Use a syringe to shoot the magic potion into each nostril.

Hot Shower

Hot showers are far more than whims, especially when you have the flu. They open the nasal passages and loosen the body up altogether.

Even sitting in a steamy bathroom and inhaling the vapor can significantly improve your condition.

Extra Pillow

This may sound too easy to work, but most flues aren't that complex either.

The reason why this method works is that the elevated head position alleviates the congested nasal passages.

Special Foods

This is probably the least surprising option, yet many people don't know that they can assemble an entire diet which can improve their condition on many different levels.

Bananas and rice soothe the stomach. Blueberries lower fever as they are high in aspirin. Chili peppers are famous for opening the nasal passage. And of course, green tea is always a safe bet with its prominent anti-diarrhea and anti-bacterial properties.

Even though all these options may help tremendously, it's vital that you seek more specialized help if they've fallen short after a couple of weeks.